As much as I love to see Rachael win at the olympic, I know it is almost impossible for her. But I believe it is still very possible for Mao to win. I believe that Mao is the best skater right now. (whether I am her fan or not is irrelevant).
She has a problem of flutzing, but all other jumps are great and she is able to do all the triples. Her spin positions are beautiful.I love her one hand beillman. She shows great flexibility in her spiral position and edge change is pretty stable. Her footwork is amazing with a lot of edge changes and turns. In her program, she shows a lot of stamina. She can keep on going all the way till the end without stopping. I think her lack of confidence is causing problems. I hope she will recover from it. I just do not want her to listen to too many people.
As for Ashley, I thought her dresses are beautiful and she did skate well compared with others. I have seen her skating in person at the competition in Pennsylvania about 3 years ago and I thought she had much cleaner jumps with a lot of hights that time. I feel as she improved on her artistry, she lost clean jumps. I am sorry to say that her basic skating skills such as stroking and footworks were not good at all and I can still see that in the on tube video of today. She was lucky to get the second today, but the luck is a part of game, too!!
Last edited by Tonichelle; 10-24-2009 at 07:06 PM. Reason: merging
If this is true, then why didn't Mao go to Russia to train with her full-time? I was reading previous posts including posts from other threads, and many people mentioned that Mao needs a full-time coach who can take care of Mao, like how Yuna has Brian Orser. However, if Mao really needed and wanted a full-time coach, she needed to fly to Russia to be with Tarasova. I think it's absolutely Mao's fault that she did not do that. Brian Orser is not in Korea to train Yuna, Yuna is in Canada being separated from her family to train with him. Mao has a beautiful ice rink for her in Japan and it might have been more comfortable for her to stay there, but Mao made a big mistake for not going to Russia. Yes, it is true that many people dislike TAT's style with Mao, but no one can deny that TAT is a capable coach and produced numerous legendary skaters. I think it would have made a huge difference if Mao went to Russia and trained with TAT full-time. I can't even describe my feelings for Mao right now. I watched her LP... and my heart is filled with a huge ... huge disappointment. She is not the same person who I saw 2 years ago, and she didn't even seem like she had the will to finish the competition...That's what upsets me. I thought no matter what, Mao would finish the competition with her strong wills, but she didn't. Where were her desire and will for higher challenges? A real champion knows how to face these challenges, no matter how difficult they may be.
Also, I mentioned this earlier, but Mao's PCS is WAY too high. I think this competition should be a wake up call for her, and she should have received a lower score. Her PCS is higher than the top 3 ladies including Miki, and that is just unacceptable. Mao needs to go back and figure out where she went wrong. Focusing on 3A is not working for her anymore. She needs to go back to the basics and restart everything.
Last edited by figurejennah; 10-24-2009 at 07:24 PM.
It's hard for any of us to judge whether Mao's recent scores have stemmed from the back-to-back competitions or mental stress or perhaps something even more fundamental, but it's pretty clear the best thing for Mao to do right now is a) find a FULL-TIME technical coach IN JAPAN who can put her back through the steps for the axel and the lutz (and polish the other jumps for good measure), b) stop thinking of the triple axel as the greatest weapon in her arsenal and start thinking smartly about all the other great strengths she has, c) re-vamp both her programs, choreographically and musically. While I'm not completely against her using heavy music like the Rachmaninoff piece, I am completely against heavy music for both her programs ('Masquerade' and 'Bells'? srsly?). I think she'll benefit from seeing a sports psychologist while she's at it, she has a slight tendency to melt after a big mistake.